Scott Kauffman

Scott Kauffman

Presiding Director -- MDC Partners

New York, New York (Greater New York City Area)
Marketing and Advertising

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Scott Kauffman's Summary

Scott Kauffman is the Presiding Director of MDC Partners (NASDAQ:MDCA), an advertising agency and marketing services holding company, as well as the Chairman of several venture-backed Internet companies. Prior to focusing on board work, Scott spent 30 years in corporate executive and board leadership positions with both public and private companies. He is a widely recognized industry leader in the fields of Internet media, consumer marketing and digital entertainment.

Most recently, Scott was the Co-Founder, President & CEO of New Engineering University, an education services company. Before entering academia, Scott was the President & CEO of Geeknet (NASDAQ:GKNT), the parent company of SourceForge, Slashdot and ThinkGeek. He joined shortly after Yahoo acquired BlueLithium, where he served as President & COO.

Before BlueLithium, Scott was President & CEO of several early-stage Internet ventures, including Zinio, MusicNow, Coremetrics and eCoverage. In 1997, Kleiner Perkins recruited Scott to Silicon Valley to become President & CEO of AdKnowledge, which he filed to take public before negotiating its sale to CMGI in 1999.

Prior to AdKnowledge, Scott was Vice President & General Manager of online services for CompuServe, and a presenting member on the road show for one of the Internet industry’s first successful IPOs, led by Goldman Sachs.

Before CompuServe, Scott spent seven years at Time Warner as a member of the founding team of Entertainment Weekly magazine and then as VP Business Development for Time Warner Interactive.

Prior to Time Warner, Scott spent five years at Newsweek as a publisher and GM of Newsweek’s Education Division. Earlier in his career he was a Marketing Manager, a Brand Manager and a Media Planner.

Scott was honored by Advertising Age in 1996 as one of twenty Digital Media Masters and in 1992 as one of the top 100 marketers in the country.

Scott holds an A.B. in English from Vassar College and an MBA in marketing from New York University.


Digital Media
Internet Advertising
Web Analytics
Social Networks
Entertainment Industry
Music Business

Scott Kauffman's Experience

Presiding Director

MDC Partners

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MDCA; Marketing and Advertising industry

April 2006Present (8 years 6 months) NYC

Advertising Agency Holding Company

Board Member


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Software industry

December 2011Present (2 years 10 months) Silicon Valley

SaaS Billing & Marketing Solutions for Digital Leaders


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Consumer Services industry

May 2012Present (2 years 5 months) Dallas, TX

Comparison shopping for consumers and business owners looking to save money on their monthly energy bill.



Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry

February 2011Present (3 years 8 months) NYC

The Unifying DMP - Collect Anywhere, Use Everywhere!

Vice Chairman


Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

August 2012Present (2 years 2 months) Dallas

Redefining data protection with creative technologies that ensure your data's privacy throughout its lifecycle.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry

April 2013May 2014 (1 year 2 months) Palo Alto, CA

A new breed of university for a new breed of engineer.



Public Company; 51-200 employees; GKNT; Retail industry

December 2008August 2010 (1 year 9 months)

SourceForge, Slashdot, ThinkGeek,

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Entertainment industry

May 2008December 2008 (8 months)

Funded by GTI Group, Jerusalem Venture Partners
Israeli-based start-up

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; YHOO; Internet industry

September 2006March 2008 (1 year 7 months)

Funded by Walden Media, 3i
Sold to Yahoo!

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Publishing industry

June 2004August 2006 (2 years 3 months)

Funded by North Bridge, Softbank, NEA


MusicNow LLC

February 2003June 2004 (1 year 5 months)

Funded by NEA, Odyssey, VSP
Sold to Circuit City

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Internet industry

April 2001February 2003 (1 year 11 months)

Funded by Accel Partners, Highland Capital
Board Member April 2001 - July 2010
Sold to IBM July 2010

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Insurance industry

December 1999March 2001 (1 year 4 months)

Funded by Accel Partners, Softbank, RRE Ventures
Sold to General Motors

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Internet industry

August 1997December 1999 (2 years 5 months)

Funded by Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Walden
Filed S-1 for IPO
Sold to CMGI/Engage

VP & General Manager

CompuServe Corporation

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; CSRV; Internet industry

19951997 (2 years)

1996 IPO Road Show with Goldman Sachs & Merrill Lynch
1997 Sold to AOL & Worldcom

VP Business Development

Time Warner Inc.

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; TWX; Entertainment industry

19871995 (8 years)

Launch Team: Entertainment Weekly Magazine

Publisher, Newsweek On Campus

Newsweek, Inc.

Public Company; 201-500 employees; WPO; Publishing industry

19831987 (4 years)

Senior Marketing Planner

Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; PLA; Entertainment industry

19811983 (2 years)

Associate Group Product Manager

Lever Brothers Company

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; UN; Consumer Goods industry

19801981 (1 year)

Media Planner

Benton & Bowles

19781980 (2 years)

Scott Kauffman's Skills & Expertise

  1. Digital Media
  2. Web Analytics
  3. New Media
  4. Social Media
  5. Online Advertising
  6. E-commerce
  7. Start-ups
  8. Digital Marketing
  9. Entrepreneurship
  10. Business Strategy

Scott Kauffman's Education

New York University

M.B.A., Marketing


Vassar College

A.B., English

September 1974May 1978

Princeton High School



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